The Office of Intellectual Property Rights (OIPR)

Department of the Commerce

Incentive: The Office of Intellectual Property Rights (OIPR) provides counseling, special programs and tools to help U.S. companies to protect their intellectual property (such as patents or trademarks or copyrights) abroad. In addition, the OIPR supports the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) in U.S. trade negotiations.

The OIPR helps companies overcome problems they face protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights overseas. The office develops trade programs and tools to help U.S. businesses and citizens protect and enforce their IPR in foreign markets. The OIPR also coordinates activities relating to IPR trade policy, and conducts outreach to raise awareness.

OIPR works with Commerce Department country specialists, industry analyst Commerce Department Intellectual Property attaches, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Office of Trade Representative, the Copyright Office, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, industry and other private sector stakeholder advisors.

Eligibility: Any U.S. Business

Information: and STOP Hotline: The site allows businesses to file complaints about IPR-related trade problems, which are answered within ten days by a trade specialist from OIPR. The Department of Commerce also established the 1-866-999-HALT hotline answered by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) IPR experts, who work with the Office of Intellectual Property Rights to help businesses secure and enforce their IPR through international treaties.